The multiple-choice questions in the Masters, MPhil and PhD admission entrances of Delhi University this year is going to limit the prospect of students wanting to change stream, particularly those from the social science streams, say teachers.
With entrances set to begin on June 19, students are apprehensive about the new format. There are no sample papers and pre-defined syllabus to guide the students.
“Multiple-choice questions for social sciences seem a little odd. We are more accustomed to formulating arguments and moulding them into long answers. Along with this, it also hampers our chances to appear for entrances to other disciplines as well because that would mean an in-depth knowledge of that particular discipline as well,” says Aishe Ghosh, who would be appearing for the political science entrance test.
“Had the entrance not been MCQ, I would have applied for masters in sociology as well,” she said.
Tila Kumar of the Department of Sociology feels that having MCQ at the MPhil and PhD entrances are not at all acceptable.
“An ideal system at PG level would be a combination of both subjective and objective questions. However, it is completely unacceptable at the MPhil and PhD level. We are a part of the social sciences. How are we supposed to select a good researcher without subjective questions? At PG level an effort has been made with a mix of questions, students from sociology background will definitely have an added advantage,” said Kumar.
Every year a lot of students from different streams, especially the students from BA Programme, opt for Masters in different social science subjects.
Even Navnita Chadha Behera, head of political science department, agrees that the previous year’s question paper helped non-political science students as well.
“The paper has been designed in an inter-disciplinary manner even though the emphasis will definitely be on political science. In the previous year papers there were optional questions which further facilitated the non-political science student. That is something which will be missing this year. This said, students with a political science background will definitely be having an edge over others. However, this is just the beginning of a new experiment,” said Behera.